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Coonamessett Eco Cross

Cape Cod, USA, October 9, 2005

Wet weather fails to dampen Coonamessett Cross action

Stephen Kelley
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After weeks of sunny and dry weather, tropical rains greeted racers at the 3rd annual Corner Cycle Coonamessett Eco Cross race. Held at the Coonamessett Farm on Cape Cod, the race took on a real European feel with a classic, technical course that made its way through the Buzzards Bay Brewing pavilion.

Starting on a 200 metre section of dirt road, the race plunged into the first of three wooded sections, emerging briefly into a grassy field, the riders wound their way back and forth before another short wooded section followed by fast dirt road. Unfortunately, the dirt road was just a short respite before the course hit its first short run up. Emerging back on the road, riders made their way up a short grade before entering a fast wooded downhill section that doubled back parallel to itself and then climbing sharply up hill. The course cuts across the farm and then down to the start finish. Winding back again, the riders hit the barriers in Beer Pavilion before climbing up to the blueberry bushes and onto a tricky off-camber section before heading back into the blueberries. From the blueberries, racers flew through over the back of the course working their way around to a difficult section of sand that concluded with a short run-up before climbing back up to the start road.

The leaders (C men)
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Racing started in earnest with the Beginner Race, which saw local State Rep Matt Patrick don his helmet to take part in the race. While Representative Patrick took a more conservative approach to the race, triathlete Stephen Kelley ripped up the start, snatching the Endurofit prime the first time through the finish. Kelley paid the price for his fast start, however, eventually fading to 11th, while a group of four rode clear. In the end, Robert Poole proved strongest on the day, with Jeremy Dunn and Brian Vickery round out the top 3. The women's race was a showcase for local CCB racer Cynthia Joyner, who put aside her age to finish well clear of runners-up Sarah Greene and Callie McDowell. Finally, the Junior Cub race saw a fantastic line-up of New England's future champions. Despite struggling to hurdle the barriers, 11 year old Tommy Goguen bested Jarred Reuter, and Nate Morse by the end, while Abigail Callahan held her own against the boys to finish fourth.

With the first race out of the way, the soft course sections firmed up for a blistering Masters field. Joining the race was none other than race sponsor and local shop owner George Sykes. However, it was reigning Master National Champion Paul Curley who took the hole shot with Corner Cycle rider Jonny Bold in tow as the race entered the first tricky downhill into the woods. By the time they hit the first run-up, Bold and Curley had already opened a 5 second gap on the rest of the field. Bold then shed Curley a lap later and never looked back, cruising to an easy win, while Kevin Hines and Todd Watters rounded out the podium.

Cynthia Joyner
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After a brief intermission, the Women and Juniors lined up. For the women, it came down to the wire, with Bicycle Alley's Mackenzie Dickey taking a narrow 5 second victory over Independent Fabrication's Pauline Frascone, while Rebecca Wellons rolled in for third. In contrast to the women, the junior race proved to be a one-man show, as Dylan Sullivan won handedly over Nathan Belcher and Dan Fishkin. The day wrapped up with the Elite Men, which featured some of New England's best riders including Richard Sachs' duo Noah Taylor and Justin Spinelli, former U-23 National medalist Tyler Johnson (Easton Kona) and professional cyclist Adam Hodges-Myerson (Nerac.com), who ultimately finished in that order. Despite a close start, the lead group established itself early, with Myerson leading Taylor and Toby Marzot (Dartmouth) the first time through the Buzzards Bay Barriers, while Spinelli struggled in traffic after a poor start. However, as Spinelli made contact with the leaders, Taylor put an end to the others hopes as he turned on the jets, flying through the sand and up the second run-up by bike. Spinelli eventually moved into second, as Marzot faded to ninth. Taylor's blistering pace saw finish clear of Spinelli, with Johnson a good minute down, who himself finished a scant 11 seconds ahead of Hodges-Myerson and less than 20 seconds clear of Tim Heitz.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors: Corner Cycling Club, race hosts Ron and Rox Smolowitz of the Coonamessett Farm, and Buzzards Bay Brewing. All the action from the day will be aired on Falmouth Cable TV channel 13.


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Open men
1 Noah Taylor (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs-HV Velodrome)    1.02.32
2 Justin Spinelli (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs-HV Velodrome)       
3 Tyler Johnson (Easton/Kona CCA)                                
4 Adam Hodges-Myerson                                            
5 Tim Heitz                                                      
6 Arron Molloy                                                   
7 Peter Rubijono                                                 
8 Tom Gosselin                                                   
9 Toby Marzot                                                    
10 Kevin Wolfson                                                 
11 Matt Hersey                                                   
12 Talbot Ingram                                                 
13 Chris Harnish                                                 
1 lap down
14 David Rose                                                    
15 Erik Osborn                                                   
16 Stephen Weller                                                
17 Jim Wirtanen                                                  
18 Sean O'rouke                                                  
19 Jurgen Nebelung                                               
DNF Adam Sullivan                                                
DNF Bradley Evans                                                
DNF Justin Ziemba                                                
DNF Corey Massan                                                 
Open women
1 Mackenzie Dickey (Team Bicycle Alley)                     44.35
2 Pauline Frascone (Indepedant Fabrication)                      
3 Rebecca Wellons (Gearworks/Spin Arts)                          
4 Perri Mertens                                                  
5 Jessica Ingram                                                 
6 Kam Trembley                                                   
7 Martha Wilson                                                  
8 Nicole Kesselring                                              
Junior men
1 Dylan Sullivan (Team Bicycle Alley)                       44.38
2 Nathan Belcher (Union Velo)                                    
3 Dan Fishkin (Team Harborside)                                  
4 Gavin Mannion                                                  
5 Manny Goguen                                                   
1 lap down
6 J.C. Coughlin                                                  
Masters 35+
1 Jonny Bold (Corner Cycle)                                 46.15
2 Kevin Hines                                                    
3 Todd Watters (Union Velo)                                      
4 James Tordella                                                 
5 Paul Curley                                                    
6 Gray Eldridge                                                  
7 Sam Morse                                                      
8 David Belknap                                                  
9 Tim Groesback                                                  
10 Wade Summers                                                  
11 Roger Goulart                                                 
12 Todd Wheelden                                                 
13 Paul Weiss                                                    
14 Alec Petro                                                    
15 Christopher Jordan                                            
16 Paul Lynch                                                    
17 Erik Olsen                                                    
18 Christopher Smith                                             
19 Mike Troisi                                                   
20 Chip Baker                                                    
21 Tom Thomson                                                   
1 lap down
22 Gene Garneau                                                  
23 Kevin Callahan                                                
24 Vincent Galullo                                               
25 Stuart Beualieu                                               
26 William Shattuck                                              
27 Rick Desmarais                                                
28 Jonathon Johnson                                              
29 Christopher Rehm                                              
30 George Sykes                                                  
31 Steve Cruickshank                                             
32 Arnold Kalmbach                                               
33 Michael Sheahan                                               
34 Scott Roy                                                     
Beginner men
1 Robert Poole (Bikebarnracing.com)                         30.07
2 Jeremy Dunn (Harriscyclery.com)                                
3 Brian Vickery (Quad Cycles)                                    
4 William Shattuck                                               
5 Giovanni Marzot                                                
6 Nathaniel Cook                                                 
7 Joe Phillippino                                                
8 C. Greg Robidoux                                               
9 Yasushi Katsumi                                                
10 Thayne Nord                                                   
11 Stephen Kelly                                                 
12 Ben Corbalis                                                  
13 Bill Doonan                                                   
14 Zachary Sager                                                 
15 David Lafferty                                                
16 Thomas Downey                                                 
17 Martin Wright                                                 
18 Luke Burnett                                                  
19 Lawrence Purtill                                              
20 Scott Hansen                                                  
1 lap down
21 Nick Loomis                                                   
22 Matt Paulson                                                  
Beginner women
1 Cynthia Joyner (CCB/VW)                                   36.32
2 Sarah Greene (Union Velo)                                      
1 lap down
3 Callie McDowell (Bikeman)                                      
4 Anna Kaltenboeck                                               
Junior 10-14
1 Tommy Goguen (CCB/VW)                                     29.34
2 Jarred Reuter                                                  
3 Nate Morse                                                     
4 Abigail Callahan                                               
5 Peter Goguen                                                   
6 Ryan Dalton                                                    

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